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The Holy Trinity in the Church

The life of the Church is the life of men in the Holy Trin­i­ty. In the Church all become one in Christ, all put on the dei­fied human­i­ty of the Son of God. “For as many as have been bap­tized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal 3:27). The uni­ty of the Church is the uni­ty of many into one, the one Body of Christ, the one liv­ing tem­ple of God, the one peo­ple and fam­i­ly of God.

With­in the one body there are many indi­vid­ual mem­bers. Many “liv­ing stones” con­sti­tute the liv­ing tem­ple. Many broth­ers and sis­ters make up the one fam­i­ly of which God is the Father. The unique diver­si­ty of each mem­ber of the one Body of Christ is guar­an­teed by the pres­ence of the Holy Spir­it. Each unique per­son is inspired by the Spir­it to be a true man, a true son of God in his own dis­tinct way. Thus, as the Body of the Church is one in Christ, the one Holy Spir­it gives to each mem­ber the pos­si­bil­i­ty of ful­fill­ing him­self in God and so of being one with all oth­ers in call­ing God “Father” (See 1 Cor 12).

The Church, then, as the per­fect uni­ty of many per­sons into one ful­ly unit­ed organ­ism, is a reflec­tion of the Trin­i­ty itself. For the Church, being many unique and dis­tinct per­sons, is called to be one mind, one heart, one soul and one body in the one Truth and Love of God Him­self. The call­ing of the Church to be one in all things is the pro­to­type of the voca­tion of all mankind which was orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed by God as many per­sons in one nature, ulti­mate­ly des­tined by God for ever-more-per­fect growth in free uni­ty of Truth and Love, in the life of God’s King­dom.